Dream Nails

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Dream Nails
OriginLondon, United Kingdom
GenresPunk, riot grrrl
LabelsKrod Records, Everything Sucks Records
MembersJaney Starling
Anya Pearson
Lucy Katz
Mimi Jasson
Past membersJudith Dawson
Emmett Roberts
Katherine Christie Evans

Dream Nails is an all-female DIY punk/riot grrrl[1] band from London founded in 2015. The group identify themselves as “punk witches” and are known for their riotous live shows that mix storming punk guitar with sweet three-part harmonies.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

Dream Nails was founded in London in August 2015 by Janey Starling, singer, and Anya Pearson, guitarist. The two friends met through their involvement with feminist activism[4] and brought fellow activist Emmett Roberts on board to play bass and Judith Dawson on drums.[5] In early 2016, Lucy Katz replaced Judith on drums. Within one year of performing together they were invited to perform at Glastonbury's Sisterhood stage – the first women-only venue at the festival.[6]

In 2017, Katherine Christie Evans briefly replaced Roberts on bass and backing vocals,[7] replaced in turn by Mimi Jasson.[8]

Dream Nails identify themselves as punk witches and their genre as "witch punk". They claim to write "hexes, not songs"[9] and are best known for their "hex on misogynist politicians" Deep Heat.[10] The group's first single was released with a video premiered on Nylon,[11] in time for the 2016 election of the United States of American's president, Donald Trump.

Their first EP, DIY was released in April 2016 with a handmade zine and enjoyed immediate attention from Dazed and Confused.[9] After embarking on short tours in Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria, Dream Nails were invited to be the main support for American band Cherry Glazerr on their European tour in spring 2017.[12]

The band promote a DIY ethic, with handmade pedalboards, cut and paste zines and the self-made video for their song "DIY" composed of self-submitted mobile phone videos from fans edited together by vocalist Janey.[13]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Albums/Eps[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Loud Women, CD, 2017
  • Femrock Mixtape, 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anger & Joy - Riot Grrrl Punk band DREAM NAILS discuss feminism & women in punk » IDIOTEQ.com". www.idioteq.com.
  2. ^ "Dream Nails will f*** you up!". The F-Word. 29 April 2016.
  3. ^ "ONES TO WATCH: Dream Nails". Gigslutz.
  4. ^ "ANGER & JOY – RIOT GRRRL PUNK BAND DREAM NAILS DISCUSS FEMINISM & WOMEN IN PUNK". Idioteq. 7 November 2016.
  5. ^ "New Artist of the Day: Dream Nails". Louder Than War. 26 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Glastonbury's Newest Music Venue Is the Girls-Only Club You've Been Waiting for". Vice. 30 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Dream Nails: punk femminista da Londra, con unghie impeccabili". Soft Revolution Zine (in Italian). 17 May 2016.
  8. ^ "10 Question Interview: Dream Nails". 14 January 2018.
  9. ^ a b "How to start a fierce all-girl punk band". Dazed Digital. 15 April 2016.
  10. ^ "THESE PUNK WITCHES HAVE JUST RELEASED A HEX ON DONALD TRUMP". The Debrief.
  11. ^ "Punk Band Dream Nails Puts A Hex on Donald Trump In 'Deep Heat' Video". Nylon. 5 November 2016.
  12. ^ "The Round-up – 06/06/17". Bombshell Zine. 6 June 2017.
  13. ^ "DREAM NAILS SHARE VIDEO FOR 'DIY'". Punktastic. 26 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Interview: Dream Nails talk latest single". Original Rock. 12 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Uk Punk Band Dream Nails Joins Krod Records". WHTYB Press. 5 June 2017.